Wk 2: My Neighbor is Hungry

This week’s post comes from a friend of mine, Jennifer, who had an experience just last week. I asked if her story could be shared here and with her permission, it is written below. After Ash Wednesday Noon Service I had the privilege to have lunch with a friend. As I was leaving the restaurant; … [Read more…]

Wk 1: Neighbors of Different Faiths

I came across a tweet that inspired me to think beyond what I should give up this Lenten season. It challenged me to think beyond myself, and expand my view to those around me. What needed to be lifted up in order for Christ to be more central? The Parable of the Good Samaritan, which I … [Read more…]

Why Did Jesus Fast?

I continue to learn more and more about fasting each year I participate in Lent. Taking a closer look at the Scripture helps even more to better understand the “Why?”. Take a look at this account of Jesus’s temptation, which is one of the passages where we derive the significance of the 40 days, as … [Read more…]

“And Who is My Neighbor?”

The Parable of the Good Samaritan 25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”  26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart … [Read more…]

Emptied

As the season of Lent approaches, I seem to have become more contemplative. This year, especially, I am noticing my desire to dig into Scripture and better prepare my heart and mind for these 40 days. I began reading a book recommended by a colleague called, “Simplicity: The Freedom of Letting Go”, by Richard Rohr. … [Read more…]

Names of Jesus Day 40: Resurrection & Life

It’s the last day of Lent. Holy Saturday. It’s quiet. And while you might expect the Scripture to be when Jesus rose from the dead, there is a passage earlier in the Gospels where Jesus initiates this conversation. Jesus has a conversation with Martha after her brother, Lazarus has died. 21 “’Lord,’ Martha said to Jesus, … [Read more…]

Names of Jesus Day 39: Lamb of God

“[ John Testifies About Jesus ] The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” – John 1:29, NIV This passage happens early in John’s Gospel, but is rich with meaning and depth as you look at where the Passover … [Read more…]

Names of Jesus Day 38: Friend

Today, on this Maundy Thursday, I think of the friendships Jesus had with his disciples. On this day, they sat down for a meal together. While this had been done before, it was clear this was a special meal. It was also Passover. 17 “On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the … [Read more…]

Names of Jesus Day 37: Jesus

You knew this day was coming. How could I reflect on the names of Jesus and not include his namesake? I love the intentional promise in each name that Jesus has been given. Each name has a powerful meaning in the redemptive work of our Savior. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you … [Read more…]

Names of Jesus Day 36: Healer

This is the song that came to mind when I began to write this post about Jesus being a healer. The Scriptures that arise when I think about Jesus as healer, is every single instant of healing that Jesus does in the Gospels. One of the common themes that runs throughout these narratives of Jesus … [Read more…]